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Top 5 training sites for music teams

Worship Central is an Alpha-style program that is particularly useful for local teams to do together, as a devotional or team time. It is free to use when you register your group for the program and has 7 sessions that can be spread over a term of rehearsal nights, or condensed into a weekend/retreat. The format is more discussion-based than practical though some topics explore practical areas. It is international/interdenominational and  originally from the UK: https://worshipcentral.org/the-course

Musicademy is an excellent site for practical contemporary music training and DIY team upskilling. It hosts some free resources and gives the option of either paying per product downloads or signing up to their subscription model for training materials. It is very practically focused and deliberately targeted at the average church worship team. Developed by UK contemporary worship experts and is multidenominational: https://www.musicademy.com/

Many of their free videos and guides can also be found on their YouTube channel - subscribe for updates!

Worship Artistry is a practical site focusing mainly on 5 instrumental areas: keyboard, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, drums; and vocal. Free access to their Greenroom (blog & article access) and subscription for progressive training and more tutorial access. US-based: https://worshipartistry.com/

They also provide many of their entry level/'101' training videos on their YouTube channel, along with easy to follow tutorials for many recent contemporary worship releases - subscribe to get all their new material.

 

Worship Training is the worship education arm of the Praise Charts family of websites. It is international and interdenominational, with teaching from a wide range of experts including N.T. Wright, Dan Wilt, Andy Park, Don Moen and many more.

It has limited free access and resources but offers excellent quality training via subscriptions, with individual and team plans available: https://www.worshiptraining.com/

 

 

Training for Songwriters

Krissy Nordhoff provides an extensive pool of training resources for songwriters: https://www.writingworship.co

 

Paul Baloche is a world-renowned worship leader and songwriter behind many church standards including “Open The Eyes of My Heart,” “Your Name,” and “Our God Saves.”

His songs give voice and clarity to worshipful messages, allowing an audience of many to sing as one about God’s divine character and unending love. In addition to writing, recording, and touring, he founded LeadWorship.com in 1997 with a mission to ‘help others worship’ by serving, equipping and training local church worship teams across the world – transforming their communities through worship, prayer and musicianship.

His 8 part Songwriting series from LeadWorship is available on his YouTube channel, along with other series for Worship Leaders and Worship Bands.

During the early months of the global coronavirus pandemic, Worship Together held a special online Songwriting webinar, featuring several key worship writers from around the globe. The session included Chris Tomlin, Jonas Myrin, Ed Cash, Brooke Ligertwood and Cody Carnes and was an inspiring discussion.

The webinar has been made freely available on Worship Together's YouTube channel and is an excellent watch for songwriters.

As well as training opportunities, there are networks offering songwriters the chance to share their songs and create together.

Interested in being part of the Worship Arts Composers and Songwriters Collective?

- Join the  Worship Arts Composers or the Worship Arts Words Facebook groups

- Attend our biennial Symposium (coming soon in 2022: 29 April - 1 May)

- Contact us!

 

Internationally, check out:

Song Share from WeAreWorship - as well as a useful resource platform for worship leaders and musicians, this site offers songwriters a space to share their songs. Free and paid options offer different levels of engagement.

Outside Worship - join a growing community of songwriters and worship leaders who share ideas and songs, collaborate on projects, build each other up, worship together and encourage each other in the work of worship leading and songwriting. Also active on Facebook, Insta, YouTube and Twitter.